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“How To Be” Kids Book

Last week, I had a hard time communicating with my 6 year old son about good behavior and his treatment towards me and friends, post-school. During school, Cruz is an angel (so I’m told); incredibly well behaved, sweet, loving, empathetic, and caring. But the moment I pick him up – whether it is due to exhaustion, the pressures of school, or the fact that he doesn’t eat much lunch  – he often crashes and throws a fit with me. Not only is it trying for me, but I find it difficult to communicate with him about how he should act. So, last week in NYC when the rain was out of control, I found myself seeking solace in a bookstore, searching for new books. And there it was, “How to Be; Six Simple Rules for Being The Best Kid You Can Be” [1]


Bright, red, flashy. HELLO book of all books.

Bright, red, flashy. HELLO book of all books.

The six rules.

The six rules. The first time I read the book, unsolicited, Cruzzie suddenly looked at me and said “Mama, I need to work on #4 and #5.” The descriptions are so clear and articulate, and started conversations between us that I am not sure I would have been able to have without it.

Clear vision.

Clear vision. A great way to communicate with children in a fun, non judgmental way.

An example of the wording.

An example of the wording. I love it.

Thank you.

Thank you, Munro Leaf. These are old-school-lessons in a cool, hip, relevant, and modern version.

A great addition to our bookshelves.

A great addition to our bookshelves.


I highly suggest this book to open the dialogue with your child. And there are more! He also wrote: How to Behave and Why [2], and How to Speak Politely and Why [3]. As many of you know, I love self help books for children [4], and this is a great addition to our collection.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl
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